Earlier today Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his joint plan with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to improve several water lines throughout the city of Chicago. The new repairs will be paid for by a $15 million loan from the state of Illinois.
For Chicagoans, this means an overhaul of many water pipes, drains, and sewers that help bring water to the city. As noted by the Chicago Tribune, many of the water lines have been in place since the 19th century and have been lacking in efficiency. This will mean more construction and infrastructure spending downtown on Canal and Adams St.
The $15 million loan from the state will provide new economic activity to the area as apart of a larger Illinois initiative by Governor Quinn. Quinn seeks to overhaul much of Illinois' failing water system with a $1 billion program. In total, workers will be needed for the demolition, reconstruction, and refurbishing of the sewer system.
Mayor Emanuel looks forward to the joint project as there is still much work to be done. Emanuel has already replaced miles of water pipes throughout the city since his administration began, but nearly 4,000 miles still remain in need of repair.
Chicagoans should expect an uptick in both water related jobs and cleaner and more efficient water delivery.